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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), previously called rational therapy and rational emotive therapy (RET), is a comprehensive, active-directive, philosophically and empirically based psychotherapy which focuses on resolving emotional and behavioral problems and disturbances and enabling people to lead happier and more fulfilling lives.

REBT is one form of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).

Cognitive Therapy and RET have a lot in common both in theory and practice but have some major differences as well. RET appears to rely on the therapist confronting the client and convincing the client that his or her beliefs are irrational. It often sounds as though RET believes that rational thinking will eliminate all problems. In Cognitive Therapy we try to work with the client to help them to look critically at their perceptions and beliefs and help them to identify and modify the perceptions and beliefs which contribute to their problems. We also focus on much more than just cognition. It is often important to help clients master the skills they need to cope with problematic situations, to help them cope with intense emotions, and to help them change (or leave) dysfunctional relationships.

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